Friday, August 10, 2018

Wintergreen Pillow

I first met Tara Curtis of WEFTY a little less than a year ago at Quilt Expo in Madison. The fabric weaving technique she demonstrated were amazing, so I purchased a WEFTY right then and there. But then, it just sat there. I kept meaning to try it, but having to get a foam board and mark it, having to prepare fabric strips, and having to learn the weaving technique all became barriers that I just didn't want to cross.

But when my quilt guild invited Tara to teach her WEFTY needle technique, I jumped at the chance to sign up. I knew that taking a class with her in person was just the ticket to get me started on this really cool technique.

The night before the class, I finally did my fabric pulls and I chose 3 coordinating fabrics from Blithe by Katarina Roccella. It was a wintery collection, yet it didn't feel overly seasonal, which I love.

When I got to class the next day, Tara had us describe how we were feeling. I said I was ecstatic, and I really was. I was so excited to finally learn this technique! WEFTY weaving was incredibly fun and so satisfying. It was magical to watch everything come together, and even though sometimes I made mistakes, they were easily fixable.

I didn't want to steam the foam board so that it would last a bit longer, so instead of ironing the fabric strips to the fusible interfacing beneath, I took a friend's advice and used painter's tape to secure the edges before removing the pins. It worked like a charm! I was faced with a beautiful panel to do anything with, but I decided the panel was the perfect size for a pillow.

Now that I've gotten my first taste of WEFTY weaving, I'm excited to try some more!


  1. The pillow is stunning and sometimes there is no substitution for inspiration like taking a class, especially with the person who developed the tool/technique!

  2. Great opportunity - to take from the inventor and use your tool! Love your fabric choices and they do make a lovely pillow.

  3. Sounds like a fun class, and your pillow looks fantastic!

  4. Your wefty pillow is so cute, Liz! What a great opportunity to take a class from the maker.

  5. Hi Liz! What a stunning pillow, and what a great idea of using the painter's tape to hold the piece together. I can hardly wait to see what your next project will be. Happy Saturday! ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Your pillow is beautiful. I need to go read up about Wefty!


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